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Coastal 'future proofing' urged

The Rhossili area was hit by Winter storms. Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Archive/PA Images

The National Trust says a clear UK-wide strategy is "urgently needed" to help future-proof coastal areas from rising sea levels and extreme weather.

The Trust, one of the UK's biggest coastal owners, says many of its sites have been "battered" by storms and "hit hard" by high tides this winter.

Part of the footpath down to the golden sands of Rhossili on Gower, South Wales - recently voted the UK's best beach - has been washed away by storms.

The National Trust was founded in 1895, with its first acquisition a small area of coastal cliff around Barmouth in Gwynedd.

Beaches app ''showcases diversity of the landscape"

The iOS version of a new beaches app will be launched later this morning in Kenfig, with the Android versions also available to download in a few weeks.

The app will help highlight some of the excellent recreational opportunities that are available for people in Wales and the visitors who come to explore. The Wales Coast Path showcases the diversity of the landscape and habitats of Wales, from the urban environments to the vast countryside, linking up our nation."

– Emyr Roberts, Chief Executive of Natural Resources Wales

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New app to make discovering Welsh beaches easier

Beach at Barafundle Bay
Barafundle Bay, Pembrokeshire: Welsh beauty spot Credit: PA

A new app is being launched today with the aim of making discovering Wales' beaches easier. The app - along with its accompanying website - has been developed by environmental charity Keep Wales Tidy.

The website contains detailed information on 150 beaches including how to get there; the awards they hold and the facilities available. In addition, the app holds information on the route and gradient of the Wales Coast Path; live weather links and tide timetables.

The launch of the new app and website will take place in Kenfig later this morning and will be available to download shortly afterwards.

Swansea University researching coastal habitats

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Research shows importance of coastal habitats. Credit: Swansea University

New research by Swansea University is helping to understand the importance of sensitive coastal habitats, in Wales and the UK, for supporting fisheries.

The research has been assessing the fish communities and their age ranges in different habitats around Wales.

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Studies were undertaken in West and North Wales. Credit: Swansea University

Studies were conducted around the coast of Pembrokeshire and the Llyn Penninsula and were co-funded by the Welsh Government Ecosystem Resilience and Diversity Fund and the ERDF funded SEACAMS project.

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Wales' industrial coast on show

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Mr Tiley's photographs feature scenes across Wales starting with the Second Severn Crossing Credit: Roger Tiley
A ship on the Dee Estuary
A view from the Dee Estuary in North Wales Credit: Roger Tiley

Wales' industrial coast-scape comes under the spotlight in a new touring exhibition.

Photographer Roger Tiley was commissioned by the Arts Council of Wales to carry out the work, which took a year to produce.

The exhibition features photographs from various locations from the Severn Bridge to the Dee Estuary.

'The Manufactured Coast-scape' tour starts at the Cynon Valley Museum & Art Gallery on Saturday.

Marine conservation zones face fresh criticism

Plans for so called marine conservation zones around the coast of Wales have faced fresh criticism. People whose living depends on the sea or tourism fear it could seriously harm their livelihoods.

Ten sites have been proposed from Puffin Island on the eastern tip of Anglesey, along the Lleyn Peninsula, down Cardigan Bay to Dale and Skomer in Pembrokeshire. But no more than three or four are expected to be agreed by the Welsh Government by 2014.

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